Early detection testing provides us with valuable information concerning
By recognizing these diseases and the symptoms with lab testing, we can originate a treatment plan up front, thereby raising the chances of effective treatment and long-term health for your pet.
Blood & Lab Tests for Pets
Even when your pet is healthy, your veterinarian may suggest tests to establish baseline health values. These values are established through a series of lab tests— a complete blood count, a urinalysis, and blood chemistry panel. The tests might be suggested for pets of all ages, even if your pet is young and healthy. Establishment of baseline values allows your veterinarian to better diagnose changes and early development of disease as your pet ages. Early detection testing will increase the treatment plan which was implemented. Preventative and diagnostic testing is a critical part of giving your pet a long and healthy life.
Some of the most common preventative and diagnostic lab tests are:
Blood Chemistries: The blood chemistries test will evaluate organ function, the electrolyte levels, and also the levels of hormones among others. Veterinarians find these tests valuable when evaluating the well-being of older pets or pets who take medications for chronic conditions. Pets that show signs of vomiting or diarrhea, or who have been exposed to toxic substances, will also need blood chemistry tests.
Complete Blood Count: A CBC supplies a count of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets in your pet's blood, allowing us to assess the strength of your pet's immune system. CBC tests look at your pet's blood clotting ability, levels of hydration, immune system response, and any signs of anemia or infection. Your vet may request a CBC test for pets with symptoms of fever, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weakness or vomiting.
Heartworm Test: Our vets recommend heartworm testing as part of your pet's annual wellness exam. Your pet should be tested even if they take a preventative heartworm medication. If your veterinarian suspects your pet has heartworms, he or she may also request the test as confirmation. A blood sample will be required to determine results and necessary treatments.
Why do we recommend preventative testing for all of our patients each year?
One in 10 dogs develops diabetes.
Overweight cats have a greater chance of developing diabetes.
Kidney disease occurs in 1 in every 10 dogs and 1 in every 3 cats.
The fifth leading cause of death in dogs is liver disease.
Bringing your pet in for early detection testing allows us to determine your pet’s regulated health baseline. From there, we will be able to detect any changes and possible developing diseases as you bring your pet in for regular checkups.